Service ride control warning light turned on

Tiny
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET TAHOE
  • VR6
  • TURBO
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 185,000 MILES
SUV has been sitting for several months. Started it up and service ride control warning came on. Is this something that could be expected from not driving for several months? Will it clear if driven?
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Saturday, June 13th, 2020 AT 12:02 PM

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Tiny
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Good afternoon,

There is a fault code stored in the system for this issue. I need the code to narrow the area of failure.

No, it will not clear by itself. We need the fault code to continue helping.

A parts store will read it for free for you.

Roy

Circuit Description
The 5 inputs to the EBCM which are used solely for vehicle stability enhancement are the longitudinal accelerometer, lateral accelerometer, yaw rate sensor, master cylinder pressure sensor and the steering wheel position PWM inputs. The EBCM must detect valid inputs from all 5 sources during the initialization period in order to enable the VSES. Initialization must occur during the first 3000 meters of vehicle travel or 1000 meters of straight vehicle travel. If initialization cannot be achieved during this time period, the VSES remains inactive and the message center displays the Stability System Disabled message. The EBCM does not attempt to reinitialize until the next ignition cycle.
During aggressive driving conditions which repeatedly activate the VSES, one or more of the solenoid coils may become overheated. The message center may display the Stability System Limited message at this time as the EBCM reduces VSES activation in an attempt to decrease the solenoid temperatures. If the temperature of any of the solenoids exceeds 275 C (527 F), the message center displays the Stability System Disabled message and the VSES becomes inactive. Coil temperatures are estimated by the EBCM based on ambient temperature and monitored solenoid activation and may not coincide with actual solenoid temperatures. The Stability System Disabled message turns OFF and VSES activity resumes when the EBCM determines the solenoids have cooled sufficiently.

Diagnostic Aids
If the customer's concern is that the Stability System Disabled message is displayed intermittently, communicate with the customer to determine what driving conditions are being experienced at the time the message is displayed. The EBCM may be unable to successfully initialize the system during operation on very winding roads. Initialization may also be unsuccessful if pressure is continuously applied to the brake pedal during the initialization period.
The VSES solenoid coils may overheat during aggressive driving. The Stability System Limited message is usually displayed prior to the Stability System Disabled message in the case of overheating solenoid coils.
A medium-low brake fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir may cause the Stability System Disabled message to be displayed during stopping or turning maneuvers. This condition will also cause the red brake warning indicator to turn ON. Ensure the master cylinder reservoir has an adequate brake fluid level.
If the message is displayed due to any of the above conditions, no diagnosis or repair of the VSES is required.

Test Description
The numbers below refer to the step numbers on the diagnostic table.
4. This step verifies that the yaw rate sensor signal voltage is within normal operating range. Voltage outside the specified range prevents VSES initialization.
5. This step verifies that the lateral accelerometer signal voltage is within normal operating range. Voltage outside the specified range prevents VSES initialization.
6. This step verifies that the master cylinder pressure sensor signal voltage is within normal operating range. Voltage outside the specified range prevents VSES initialization. If you completed steps 1 through 7 and did not locate the malfunction, you must have overlooked something.
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Saturday, June 13th, 2020 AT 1:33 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for your prompt response. Some additional info for this problem. The Tahoe has been parked since mid January. I disconnected the battery and hooked it up to a solar charger. Then about once a month I hook the battery back up to the vehicle and start it and let it run for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then shut it off and disconnect the battery again and put it on a solar charger. The Tahoe never gets driven just started for that time period and then shut off. Could this be the cause of the service ride control message?
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Saturday, June 13th, 2020 AT 9:42 PM
Tiny
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No, it is not.

As I stated, there is a fault code in the system, and in order to help find the failure, I need that code.

Roy
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Sunday, June 14th, 2020 AT 4:16 AM

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